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Mr Ed Kalajzic, CEO – Western Power 

Ed brings a wealth of financial and strategic management skills to the Western Power executive team.

With experience in capital management, strategic planning, finance, accounting, business transformation and more, he’s had senior management and leadership roles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, CBH Group, Viriids Ag and the CBH Superannuation Fund.

Ed’s roles at CBH Group include Business Development Manager and Chief Financial Officer and his most recent role prior to Western Power was General Manager WA for Viridis Ag.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance). He’s a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Stephanie Unwin, CEO – Horizon Power 

Stephanie joined Horizon Power in March 2019.          

As Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Power, Stephanie Unwin leads a 500 strong team of energy professionals to deliver power to some of Western Australia’s most remote and regional communities.

Under her leadership Horizon Power is transforming the WA regional energy landscape in an increasingly decentralised delivery model to more than 48,000 connections across 32 microgrids through 2.3 million square kilometres of rugged and remote territory.

Stephanie is passionate about collaboration, inclusion and diversity to build an engaged and inspired workforce. Her ability to facilitate change on a foundation of safety is delivering Horizon Power’s vision of innovative customer choices, reduced costs and cleaner, greener energy solutions for the future through reducing Horizon Power’s carbon footprint, and investing in new technologies such as hydrogen.

Stephanie is a recognised energy industry leader having joined Verve Energy in 2008, continuing into its transition to Synergy.

Stephanie has significant executive and Board-level experience with a number of publically listed companies, including Alacer Gold Corp, Zenith Energy, Integra Mining Limited and several non-listed joint ventures. She is currently a Board Member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Stephanie brings a depth of experience in large scale and remote renewables, battery storage technology transformation and information technology.

Mr Jason Waters, CEO – Synergy 

Jason has over 30 years’ experience within the State’s energy sector and has served as Synergy’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2014. Prior to this, he was CEO of Verve Energy for two years.

Having held diverse roles across the electricity industry, Jason is committed to the seamless provision of secure and affordable electricity services for the Western Australian community. Under his leadership the Synergy team is dedicated to embracing emerging technologies and the development of innovative energy solutions, to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy future for all customers.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business from Curtin University, and has completed additional studies with Harvard Business School.

Ms Kate Ryan, WA Energy Head of Energy Policy WA (EPWA) 

Ms Ryan was appointed Coordinator of Energy on 5 September 2019. She is also a member of the Energy Transformation Taskforce, which was established to deliver the Government's Energy Transformation Strategy.

Prior to this, in May 2019, Ms Ryan was appointed Program Director of the Energy Transformation Implementation Unit.

Ms Ryan is an energy sector professional with extensive experience in energy sector policy, reform, regulation and market design.

Ms Ryan held the role of Specialist Markets with the former Public Utilities Office. She has also held senior executive roles in government and energy market institutions, including the former Independent Market Operator in Western Australia and Queensland Government energy agencies.

Cameron Parrotte, AEMO

Cameron is responsible for the management and operations of Western Australia’s electricity system and markets and gas services.

Cameron has led the Western Australian functions since January 2016, when AEMO began the transition to becoming responsible for wholesale and retail markets in Western Australia. 

Cameron joined AEMO in 2016 from Western Power, where he had extensive experience in power system operations, design and planning over more than 20 years.

 

Adam Osseiran, President, Hydrogen Society of Australia  I  Co-Founder and Chairman of Innovate Australia  I  Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering   I   Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of BrainChip Holdings

Adam is an innovator, an entrepreneur and an academic. 

Adam got a PhD degree in microelectronics (1986, Grenoble – France) followed by a post-doc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne – Switzerland. In 2002, Adam was headhunted to Australia to drive a Major National Research Facility program for the test of integrated circuits.

Since 2015, Adam was Non-Executive Director at BrainChip (www.brainchip.ai) provider of the first Neuromorphic System-On-Chip with Autonomous Learning. In 2018, he won the prestigious Western Australia Innovator of the Year Award in 2018 for the Noisy Guts project. This is a collaboration project with the Nobel Laureate Prof Barry Marshall and his Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases at UWA. Before that, Adam was finalist of the prestigious Western Australia Innovator of the Year Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014 for the acoustic sensing technology called WiSPr (Wireless Smart Probe).

He investigated the EARS project for Chevron Australia (Environmental Acoustic Recognition Sensor) which is an acoustic wireless IoT sensor used to protect Barrow Island from invasive species.

He received many Awards from the IEEE for his contributions and numerous services to the electrical engineering community. He holds eight patents in the field of design of CMOS structure dedicated to optoelectronics image sensors for automotive applications, systems and sensors for environmental monitoring and in the field of display architecture and medical technology.

Adam is an active researcher with main interests in neuromorphic systems, environmental monitoring, Hydrogen technology and sustainable energy systems.

 

Miranda Taylor, AEMO

Miranda is a strategic and adaptive leader at the forefront of collaboration and innovation across the Australian energy resources sector.

Chief Executive of NERA since its inception in 2016, Miranda brings a deep and broad range of energy and resource industry experiences, skills and capabilities.  Her leadership of NERA is bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise to achieve NERA’s vision of Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination of investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions. 

NERA is working with industry, universities and researchers, entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, skills initiatives and governments to support the cultural change and new thinking required to overcome barriers to collaboration and innovation, and to ensure Australia’s energy resources sector is staying ahead of the global automation technology transformation.

 

Dr Robert Barr, AM, Director, Electric Power Consulting

Dr Robert Barr AM  is a consulting engineer, director of his company Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd and a past National President of the Electric Energy Society of Australia. Robert has over 46 years experience in the field of power systems and electricity distribution, is a fellow of  Engineers Australia and a member of Consult Australia. Robert is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong and was awarded the title of Australian National Professional Electrical Engineer of the year in 2012. Dr Barr became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Since establishing Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd in 1989, Robert has been  providing specialised electrical engineering consulting services across all Australian states and territories and overseas.  Robert's main clients include electricity supply companies, high voltage electricity customers, railway companies, federal, state & local governments, universities and other large energy users.

 

Gary Bryant, General Manager, Asset Strategy, Alinta Energy

General Manager with over 25 years experience in the Power Generation industry. Skilled in Engineering, Energy, Asset Management and Optimisation, Renewable Energy Development and Construction, Battery Energy Storage Systems Development and Construction, Transmission and Distribution Development and Construction, Power Plant Optimisation and Modification and strong contract negotiation and administration with suppliers and customers honed by a Diploma of Law.